About this event

  • Date and time Tue 7 Nov 2023 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Location Online

Weight loss drugs originally popularised within the United States have recently been approved for use by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). It concluded that semaglutide (Wegovy) exhibits efficacy as a viable treatment for weight loss management when integrated with dietary and lifestyle modifications. 

This episode will bring together a global network of distinguished experts in a relevant field along with clinicians, and distinguished researchers. Throughout the session, participants will be encouraged to actively ask questions to drive this discussion, offering their insights to foster a healthy exchange of knowledge and ideas.  

Join this one-hour webinar, where experts in the field will:

  • Explore the detail behind different classes of anti-obesity drugs and understand their respective mechanisms of action.
  • Evaluate the efficacy and safety of these drugs, providing insight into their risk-to-benefit ratio.
  • Gain an understanding of the regulatory processes that oversee the approval and surveillance of anti-obesity medications.  
  • Discuss ethical concerns related to prescribing and marketing of the drug.   

This session will be valuable for those engaged in prescribing these treatments and seeking insights into the latest legislative updates and guidance.


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Key speakers

Professor Nick Finer

Professor Nicholas Finer

Expert Medical Consultant, Obesity Medicine, Endocrinology, Former Honorary Clinical Professor, National Centre for Cardiovascular Prevention and Outcomes (NCCPO), University College London (UCL) Institute of Cardiovascular Science 

Speaker's biography

Professor Finer is a former professor of clinical medicine at University College London (UCL). His career is rooted in his experience as a clinical academic endocrinologist, with over three decades of experience in developing and advancing multidisciplinary obesity services across institutions such as, including Guy's, Luton, Cambridge, and University College London Hospitals (UCLH). Between 2016 and 2022, Professor Finer held the prestigious position of Senior Principal Clinical Scientist in Global Medical Affairs at Novo Nordisk in Denmark. His invaluable contributions to the field of obesity research and its associated complications have led him to assume numerous significant roles, such as serving as the former Chair of the UK Association for the Study of Obesity and the World Obesity Federation Clinical Care.


In these capacities, he played a pivotal role in the development of the Strategic Centre for Obesity Professional Education (SCOPE) educational program. Furthermore, he has actively participated in advisory groups, including the UK Government Advisory Group for Obesity, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Public Health Advisory Group, the European Association for the Study of Obesity, and the European Society of Hypertension. In recognition of his outstanding work, Professor Finer was honoured with the Bisset Hawkins Medal in 2013. This prestigious, triennial award, bestowed by the Royal College of Physicians, recognises his tireless efforts in promoting public health. Professor Finer's dedication to his field is also evident in his election as a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, as well as his affiliations with the US Obesity Society and the UK Association for Nutrition.

Saliha Mahmood-Ahmed

Dr Saliha Mahmood-Ahmed

Specialist Registrar, Hepatology and Gastroenterology, Imperial College Hospitals NHS Trust

Speaker's biography

Dr. Mahmood-Ahmed is a specialist registrar in hepatology and gastroenterology, having devoted her professional journey to the study of the liver, digestive system, and gastrointestinal health. Her primary focus is on promoting the well-being of the gut and achieving a harmonious balance in gut health. Her accomplishments extend far beyond her medical career. In a historic triumph, she became the first-ever doctor to win the BBC's MasterChef competition in 2017. This culinary accolade served as a catalyst for her journey as an author, where she penned a series of cookbooks focusing on the intricate relationship between food and the human gut, including "Khazana," "Foodology: A Food Lover's Guide to Digestive Health & Happiness," and her latest publication, "The Kitchen Prescription." Dr. Mahmood-Ahmed's multifaceted journey seamlessly blends her commitment to digestive health, her culinary expertise, and her role as a trailblazing doctor.

Professor John Wass

Professor John Wass

Professor of Endocrinology, University of Oxford

Speaker's biography

Professor Wass is a Professor of Endocrinology at Oxford University, and has previously served as the Head of the Department of Endocrinology at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism, located at Churchill Hospital, until 2011. He served as the Professor of Clinical Endocrinology and Sub-Dean at the University of London, at Bart's from 1989 onwards. In 1995, he founded and successfully managed the Oxfordshire Osteoporosis Service, a significant contribution to his field. Currently, Professor Wass serves as the Clinical Reference Group Chair for Endocrinology in the UK, showcasing his leadership in the medical community.


He has held the position of President of the European Federation of Endocrine Societies from 2001 to 2003 and served as the Chairman of the Society for Endocrinology from 2006 to 2009. His exceptional contributions to the field were recognised when he was awarded the Distinguished Physician of the Year Award by the American Endocrine Society, becoming the first non-American recipient of this prestigious honour. Elected as the Academic Vice President of the Royal College of Physicians in London in 2012, Professor Wass has made significant contributions to the medical community. He chaired the Royal College of Physicians Working Party, resulting in the publication of 'Action on Obesity: Comprehensive Care for All' in January 2013. Beyond his academic and administrative roles, Professor Wass is known to a broader audience through his presentation of the BBC documentary 'The Fantastical World of Hormones,' which aired in March 2014. 




Registration for this webinar will close 1 hour prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 1 hour before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

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